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Nuclear waste spill: How becoming pro-organic caused a $240m blunder

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Something entirely different

Now you get into something that increases the mechanical or electrical shock sensitivity by adding metal powders to an oxidizer.

The comment about nitrobezene would also make it more hazardous. No need to do that. ANFO moves mountains all by itself.

Ammonium Nitrate is a strong oxidizer and the carbon in fuel oil is a great fuel. Add some 8th grade chemistry equations and you can figure out how that or other chemical work with Ammonium Nitrate.

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It's the same thing (Diesel vs Fuel Oil)

There are only different grades that are either lighter or darker colored oil. Also same as kerosene or JP4.

If mixed in the right proportions ANFO (ammonium nitrate and fuel oil) requires another explosive like a blasting cap to set it off. They mine with it all the time, its VERY stable.

You could try to light it with a match and it will just burn like C4. Ask Lewis, he will back that up.

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

You don't want to use organic kitty litter if the only use for it on site is as a collection agent for spills in a chemical lab.

Regular clay based cat litter is somewhat basic and would tend to neutralize and absorb weak acids and other chemicals or spills.

Organic litter would react with the chemicals and likely offgas. Or decompose and and offgas.

One would hope that animal testing labs would not use organic litter if they were doing anything radioactive. The animal excrement would be fairly radioactive as it tends to concentrate the testing substances.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Too soon @Directive 10-289

I too tire of the Apologists and the Nannies here who blame present day people for the ills of their ancestors. We need to stop living in the past and move on. People need to stop playing the role of the poor "Victim" and take responsibility for their own actions in the present.

The Slavery industry was created by Europeans and brought here to the US and the Caribean Islands by their ships. Once the system was in place, there was no reasonable way to walk away from it without throwing away the benefit of cheap cotton and tobacco. The fact that Europe helped bankroll the Confederacy during the civil war is all the proof needed to put the blame back where it belongs.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Religious Discrimination

I feel quite comfortable stating that the majority of El Reg commenters are anti-religious and atheist. And you are welcome to your opinion. However, there are many here that take that to an extreme and that is strictly discriminatory.

What have we done to you by simply having Christian beliefs and espousing them? Is that ANY different than you doing the same? Where is the moderation when it is clear that there are extremely derogatory and intolerant statements being made against Christians?

It wasn't a Christian that dragged out the Old Testament on these forums and started quoting ancient beliefs that are no longer mainstream, it was an intolerant atheist.

If we have done nothing to you except express our beliefs in certain circumstances; why do you feel you have the the right to criticize and demean our beliefs?

We have not demeaned you because you are gay or atheist. We have said nothing to that effect.

However, both the commenters and the author of this clickbait article have taken every opportunity to present a one sided argument that we are evil just because we are Christians.

As such, I say you are intolerant bigots because you are anti-religious.

Over 19 other states and the federal government have almost identical "Freedom of Religion" laws and there are no outcrys against them, only Indiana.

Obama himself was instrumental in proffering an almost identical "Freedom of Religion" law in Illinois. Where is the outrage against his hypocrisy? Nowhere, because it is inconvenient to the truth that Kieran wishes to tell.

Does Kieran Mcarthy feel she and El Reg don't have to provide all the truth but only their bigoted anti-religious opinion? Sadly, it would seem so.

Again the left wing speaks before they bother to learn all the facts or include them in their articles. This is the same idiocy that happened in these comments about Ferguson Missouri after it became clear that Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Brown and cleared by the state grand jury and the Federal Grand Jury investigation.

It is not considered "good reporting" to slant your article towards one side or the other. The word "Tabloid" comes to mind. Perpetuating these lies is even worse behavior.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Not on your life!

So what, Feet and Inches was perfectly good for Britain for hundreds of years until some deluded fools decided that the French idea of metric was better.

We didn't drink their kool-aid.

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Not on your life!

In America we quite like our AM and PM. So I am at work at 7:30 AM and leave at 4:30 PM.

You can take our time conventions when you pry it from my cold dead hands. Only the military and the daft uses the 24 hour format.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

They already have it. ESPERANTO. Good luck you'll need it. You already have ABBA.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: Ah the The American South

As opposed to fixing the particularly inane stupidity of most Europeans? Particularly the French?

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Re: "Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you. @Thomas K.

Are you really that ignorant to say that?

Do you even know how many small towns and farms were basically stolen by the TVA to put up those dams? That they literally trampled on the rights of the property owners?

Considering you folks haven't got a clue when it comes to Americian politics, geography, States rights, the Constitution or anything else topical; so as much as you can't restrain yourself you might try learning what actually happened before you make lame statements like that.

BTW, these "same States" are the last to want the federal government to be involved (especially the southern ones) in ANYTHING. Ever hear of "revenuers"?

Dependent on candle light and happy to still own their family property, free from State or Federal interference would be more like it for those Tennesseeans that got ripped off by their own state goverment.

To add insult to injury you quote unsubstantiated opinion and conjecture from wikipedia as your source. Wikipedia is a very unreliable source in many cases, especially that one.

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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Re: I'm skeptical that this bill will pass, but...

You have never even heard what Cruz had to say because you are too busy criticizing him. As I have heard and said many times You're not listening if your mouth is moving.

The excellent speech he gave at Liberty College announcing his candidacy was done without any teleprompter. Cruz was in the top of his class at Harvard and many have said he is an excellent debater. Though there are speechwriters at all levels of politics, this wasn't your typical situation.

In comparison, YOUR president has never made a public speech without a teleprompter and he sounds like a space cadet when he doesn't use one.

You liberals have proposed little to nothing of value in eight years while bankrupting this country by printing money and buying votes and blocked the legislation of any conservatives. Now shutup and let someone else have a turn. They couldn't be any worse than what we have now.

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Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

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So then Apple is a Monopolist?

Given that Apple likes to write exclusivity contracts to prevent the sale of product from a supplier to any competitor, Apple meets and exceeds the definition of a monopolist.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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The only new law the world needs is....

to make being a career politician (instead of a public servant) a criminal offense.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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If "Bling" is the deciding factor

in your relationship, then the affected partner you have chosen is only a hollow caricature of a human being. Maybe it meant something in mans prehistory but should be much less important now.

This race to be the one with the most toys has resulted in the propegation of leagues of soulless gold diggers that conspicuosly consume resources but provide no other benefit to humanity.

You only have to look at the moral wasteland that is broadcast and reality TV for the type of bad examples that the world would be better off without. The more visible those celebutards are, the more greedy and specious the people become.

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

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Re: El Reg sold my data...

Not sure about my personal data but I never got any spam email from .co.uk addresses here in the states until I started using El Reg. Then it was a deluge of English, French, German language double extension zip files from British addresses.

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

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Re: Pot...kettle...etc...

According to Obama it is. One rule for the US Government and another rule for the rest of the world. And you wonder why he's so well liked.

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Wall Street Journal links

It's kind of useless to keep linking to the Wall Street Journal paywall. At least warn that there is no content unless you have subscribed.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Shameful (Shoe is on the other foot?)

What is shameful is that Europeans can't understand the same issue applies when you want to regulate US companies. I agree that the US Legal system should have no direct authority beyond US borders but that assumes that European courts have no jurisdiction of US companies. Like deserves kind.

However, US courts DO have complete control over Mastercard and Visa, Paypal, EBay etc. Cutting off their air supply is one way to gain compliance with the judges ruling.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next (No retailers left!)

Because there is something very satisfying about having it in your hand now when you need it instead of it being backordered. Never had any kids, did you? That special cable they needed isn't available in time for Christmas? Too bad, it used to be at the Shack but no more.

The next "online" thing will be food. Just wait until the local food store goes tit's up when you need milk or formula or diapers. This is why you split purchases between bricks and mortar and online.

Price is not the only consideration.

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

SO, But still there and in the store. Look, whether you like it or not all the whining about not carrying Arduino at the Shack is not true. YOU go buy it from the "lowest" price vendor online, YOU can be the guinea pig for that stall in Shenzen that takes 10 weeks to ship the knockoff parts. All the while your credit card info is traded 6 ways to Sunday. Lowest available price is not the only factor when you NEED something after 5PM on a weekend.

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Re: Next (No retailers left!)

Perhaps if some of you had spent some money there instead of blowing it all online they might still be around. There is some use to a bricks and mortar storefront. Don't whine now, its too late.

Just wait, FOOD is next.

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

They were carried in my two stores in Niagara Falls NY, IN STOCK, ON THE SHELF!

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

You obviously have not been in their stores in several years as you would have noticed that they are indeed selling Arduino & PI and lots of other related electronic doodads. And they have been available for at least two years.

You only have to look here:

http://www.radioshack.com/digital-ics-and-microcontrollers?prefn1=brand&prefv1=Arduino

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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No AI for computers ever

The premise of Artificial Intelligence has been done in almost every way imaginable through Science Fiction literature. In most cases, nothing good has ever come of it. Even stories that have a more positive outlook usually come with strong caveats against it. Science Fiction has been well known for predicting future trends for some time now. Submarines and space travel come to mind.

When Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking all say the same thing, we should listen to their every word on the subject. These are some of societies most intelligent outliers, geniuses that are almost able to forsee the future. They may not be infallible but their opinions on these subjects should beat the odds most anywhere.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Re: You are part of the Cocteau Plan

Absolutely means there can be no patents on these damn things. Maybe okay for the sick but healthy people should make there presence known in person.

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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Re: Organised crime is in the wrong business @Ratfox

This is exactly the same issue that the "freetards" all cry about but instead of the MPAA being the crooks, it's the SAA.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: If Gold rust then what of iron.

Its a shame and sociopathic when morons and numptys (of ANY social class) think it is okay to spread their virus ridden bodily fluids all over the inside of a public conveyance and made even more so when ANYONE would ever defend that kind of behavior.

I believe that they should take the pixellation off these videos so they completely shame the idiots who did the disgusting deeds in public. If you get caught doing something bad by the camera, be prepared to be on TV. Screw "empathy" as there can be no excuse for that behavior, ever.

Stop apologising for these fools. They lost all right to any "pity" long ago.

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Re: Criminal acts...

No, she can't because she commited a crime by peeing on the floor in a public area (disorderly conduct and/or lewd and lascivious behavior) and providing oral sex (public nudity/lewd and lascivious behavior) and she continued to commit the crime knowing full well she did it in plain sight of the cameras as they tried to block them (Willful Intent). Both are guilty of the second and third crimes.

The cameras were placed legally as they are not in any place where one would ever expect privacy like a lavatory or locker room. An elevator in a public building is a public place.

Otherwise, a certain US football player would have been able to squash the video of him knocking out his fiancee at a Casino.

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

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Re: "You can trust US", says Uncle Sam - yeah, right!

The US does not have a state sponsored criminal hacker element like Russia & China does. It does not have the blatant graft and corruption that Russia & China does. The US has laws that most people obey. It's almost a game in Russia and China to see how you can beat the laws.

No one likes their communications being monitored but the US is only looking deeply at "bad actors", everything else they look at is at a 50,000 ft meta data level. Agreed, if you use any full cradle to grave encryption method or search for things like making explosives or jihad they will be much more interested in you. If you can't live with that fact, better buy some pencils and paper.

All the more reason for Kaspersky Labs and ANY other anti-virus software manufacturer or their employees to be suspect as there are many "features" built in to anti-virus programs that could potentially be used to steal users banking or other personal info.

Anyone with an innate knowledge of such programs and a criminal motive could be very dangerous indeed. A lack of funds is often all the motive needed.

As long as we are making wild suppositions, whose to say that those same people did not write the hacking exploits that are available for sale, especially as many anti-virus programs don't find these exploits?

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FTC: All-powerful Google ABUSED rivals. So we did NOTHING

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Re: Google dominance

The only "dominance" that Google can be accused of is making a MUCH better product than anyone else in the world. The rest of these accusations just fall in to line with what a well run business does to be succesful. "Diversity" of search engines isn't Googles problem when nobody else even tries to compete.

Why do you Euros (and some idiots in Washington) think thats abusive? Looks like you want everyone to be deliberately subpar; nobody can be a winner just so no ones feelings get hurt. Reminds me of Teeball "Oh we don't keep score". Any good business does.

Great companies win. Get used to it or make a better product than they do.

Otherwise you are just a bunch of jealous children that can't play with the big boys and call Mama when they don't get their way.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Just like Will Smith in IROBOT

But you can take my human driven car when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

I will already be dead before AI driven cars become commonplace (Or the law).

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Google Apps

How about some Google control over the permissions that these apps ask for?

Somehow I don't like that a simple clock has permission to use my camera and contact list

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NASA wants you to help space mining corp strip mine the Solar System

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Why does this asteroid mining talk remind me off...

the movie "Outland"? Not one of Connery's best but interesting nonetheless. Certainly seemed like a primer on corporate responsibility to employees (or the lack of).

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Pub O'clock probe finds thousands of repeated 512-bit RSA keys

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Why can't we just purchase ......

our own private certs/keys for our own equipment at a reasonable price?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Good - Since when does

voting ever prevent the defecation of Politicians upon the populace?

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Re: Policies aren't the important bit

Well at least you have it correct.

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Battle for control of Earth's unconnected souls moves to SPAAAACE

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Thats the point of internet access in Africa or other regions

Commerce needs web access in order to flourish in those regions. The lack of that access is an impediment to those small businesses advertising, communicating, using micropayments, banking, determining prices, etc. This same web access could help dispel rumors about vaccinations and other health issues and educate the populace.

Internet access also provides the user with the ability to find new markets. Getting peoples products directly to market while eliminating the "middleman" will go a long way towards providing an income for them, thus helping to bring them out of poverty, famine and disease.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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You don't need to be a conspiracy theorist

to know that the elderly in the US (and elsewhere) are the favorite victims of Identity Thieves.

My girfriends 84 year old mother gets calls almost every day trying to phish her credentials.

Most of those calls are from Latino, Asian or Eastern European sounding persons so it would appear that Identity Thieves and Illegal Immigrants may be working together.

If there was ever a comprehensive audit of the US Social Security system against Death Certificates, we would find a significant number of unqualified "zombie" recipients still getting benefits well after death. I'm willing to bet that the majority are people with no papers, followed by relatives of the deceased. Some of those will have been collecting benefits for years.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Apple Internet Recovery

Doesn't work that way in Windows and if it were to then that would still be the OEM's fault. The only thing I have ever gotten when I had Windows Update download device drivers is the drivers, the "Bloatware" was only available from the OEM website, never from Microsoft.

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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

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Re: In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter

It's a "State of Mind" perhaps?

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Provenance @IMG

No, they aren't... I hear they outsource that kind of work to Capita

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This isn't the one-stop EU data protection you're looking for

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They saw the light.?

Maybe they finally recognized that the entire Internet would have to block European traffic if they did not allow personal data to be collected. After all it's the fuel that Internet websites run on and it's the price you pay to use things like Gmail or Google Search.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Not Illegal Yo (BS and Spin)

The OFFICIAL link below was from a Whitehouse blogger in 2009 and covers this scandal like no other.

The Presidential Records Act was instituted in 1978 and it's now 2015.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Reality-Check-The-Presidential-Records-Act

It covered all electronic communications. Most assume that includes email. Avoidance of these rules was illegal.

This link below is regarding the actual rules and regulation as well as others.

http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/email-mgmt.html

These newer rules specifically mention Email now.

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Google's chief finance officer quits to go backpacking

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A Google Retirement Plan

Given the way Googles stock has performed, he likely looked at his assets and figured why the hell should he put up with any more BS in a full time job. I can't blame him, If I would have had that kind of portfolio at 52, I'd be running out the door.

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Cyber-whizs partake in mass eye-roll event over latest leaks: CIA spies 'spying on iPhones'

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Anytime that an Alphabet Agency says they can't do something...

it means they have already done it. (Classic misdirection)

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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FLAT TAX! No more loopholes.

The world needs a flat 15% income tax on all companies or persons that are based in that country.

The tax laws need to be changed everywhere to remove 100% of the loopholes. In fact, throw them all out and start with all new legislation guaranteed to be understood by even the most ignorant among us. It only needs to be one sentence long.

As it stands now, almost all corporations pay an insignificant amount of taxes because of loopholes and accountants. Once corporations pay their fair share, the individual tax rate could be decreased.

The upshot being that a huge increase in disposable income would be able to spur economic growth.

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Re: more UKIP nonsense

Because this is about a Tim Worstall article where the author actually knows what he's talking about. Just because you don't agree, doesn't mean he's wrong. I know that's difficult for entitled communists everywhere to understand but overtaxed capitalists sure do.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: Email

Hilarity Clinton "allegedly" broken the law when she operated a private email account for government business when she was with the State Department.

However, both political parties have been guilty of the same behaviour.

Depending on the severity of her offense, she could be guilty of a felony and THAT would make her inelegible to vote or hold any political office. If it can be proved that she obfuscated messages of a sensitive nature by using this or even another account, she could be sent to jail.

The link below is for the legal language regarding some of the laws in question, ones that have been around since Nixon got caught tampering with records.

http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/email-mgmt.html

The link below shows that the Whitehouse and it's staff (of which Hillary was certainly part of) was quite aware of the more recent legal requirement to have ALL communications archived.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Reality-Check-The-Presidential-Records-Act

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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Re: Policing by consent? The best defense is a good offense!

Maybe you're right Lost all faith!

Start a national photo database of police, civil service, government employees and see how THEY like it.

Tell them that the citizenry just want to be assured that they are dealing with a bonifide government employee.

If they won't let their picture be taken or complain, then of course you say "What are you trying to hide".

Then make sure they and the press grasp the concept of what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

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Re: Duck Duck, GO!

You might have mastered coexistence. The downvoters are all pikers anyway. Have an upvote!

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